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Five Mile House: A Leslie Stone Novelby Karen Novak
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In 1889, Eleanor Bly flung herself from the tower of Five Mile House after murdering her seven children. More than a hundred years later, her ghost reaches out to Leslie Stone, a New York cop who has killed a child murderer and is haunted by her actions. New to the town of Wellington — famous for its coven of witches — Leslie becomes obsessed with Eleanor's story, suspecting that the truth may be quite different from local legend. As she digs deeper, uncovering dangerous town secrets, her life and the lives of her children are put into peril. Is Leslie destined to suffer the same madness as Eleanor Bly?
"Novak's striking debut works up to a climactic frenzy..." Kirkus Reviews
"A breathtaking novel about crime, about coming to terms with one's history, about learning to give love and to accept it. The writing is beautiful. And this is a brilliant debut." Frederick Busch, author of The Night Inspector
"Deftly written....Ms. Novak tells a compelling story that moves along with a literary flourish and a few unexpected frights. It should be read late at night." Cincinnati Enquirer
"The ghost tale weaves in and out of the novel, climaxing in a revelation of betrayal and murder that keeps one step ahead of what's happening to Leslie. A terrific ghost story and a fine first novel." Booklist
"[A] strong debut....By the conclusion, Novak has the reader on tenterhooks....Novak successfully weaves [the supernatural and traditional mystery] together and leaves an opening for a sequel." Publishers Weekly
A savvy female detective, a nineteenth-century ghost, and one hundred years of lies.
The story of two women separated by a century and linked by the suspicion of madness and the lingering traces of guilt, Five Mile House is a classic page-turner.
About the Author
Karen Novak lives in Mason, Ohio. Her most recent novel, The Wilderness, will be published by Bloomsbury in January, 2005.
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